Philadelphia Man Sentenced to 90-Months in Federal Prison For Distributing Child Sexual Abuse Material
CONCORD - Timothy Diggins, 60, of Goffstown, pleaded guilty in federal court to transportation and possession of child pornography, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on or about January 1, 2019, Microsoft’s automated system detected potential child exploitation material on an account belonging to Diggins. A Cybertip report was sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), which referred the matter to law enforcement for investigation.
On September 18, 2019, investigators conducted a consensual interview with Diggins at his home. Diggins confirmed that he used the internet to view child pornography. Subsequent search warrants revealed over one thousand child pornography images on Diggins’ computer and electronic media.
Diggins is scheduled to be sentenced on August 23, 2021.
“Child exploitation crimes victimize young children and cause unspeakable harm,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley. “Those who engage in child pornography crimes must be held accountable for their actions. To protect the innocence of our children, we work closely with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute those who commit crimes related to child pornography.”
“This guilty plea removes another participant from the traumatizing and exploitative cycle of child exploitation online. The coordination across the public, private, and non-profit sectors seen in cases like these are critical to Homeland Security Investigation’s mission to keep children safe online,” said William S. Walker, Acting Special Agent in Charge for Homeland Security Investigations, Boston.
This matter was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the Goffstown Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cam Le.
In February 2006, the Department of Justice introduced Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.